November 16, 2010

Hokies extend offer to 2011 sleeper

Even with tight numbers, the Hokies are still extending offers for the 2011 class. The latest went out late last week, what does the prospect think about his lone scholarship from Virginia Tech?

"Virginia Tech has offered and West Virginia's wide receiver coach said they are going to offer," Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek wide receiver Kevin Asante said. "Virginia Tech offered last week I think on Wednesday.

"I talked to Coach Sherman and he said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. They were sending the letter to my school. I haven't gotten it yet."

What does Asante think about his first offer?

"I feel like I'm blessed, words can't even explain it," he said. "I never thought I'd play Division I football since I didn't play much my first three years. I'm blessed and I really like Virginia Tech. I love it there, I feel it's a good home for me."

Asante visited Tech with quarterback Marquise Williams last month and came away impressed.

"After that visit, I just fell in love with it," he said. "It's really good there in Blacksburg. The crowd and the fans love you. They are just into it. The atmosphere there is wonderful.

"I also know Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Whitley. Actually, Whitley's aunt is a teacher at our school."

The wideout plans to make a trip soon back for his official.

"I'll be taking my official for the Virginia game," he said. "I know it's a big-time rivalry and I just want to see that."

Asante made no secret that the Hokies are his favorite at this time.

"I want to commit, I talked to Coach Sherman on Monday and he told me to do it whenever I want," he said. "I haven't committed, but I told him I would. I didn't do it yet though."

Presumably, Tech is hoping to pull the duo of Asante and Williams and the 6-foot-0, 175-pounder discussed that possibility further.

"They are trying to get both of us," he said. "I know Marquise is still thinking. He's supposed to visit Virginia Tech with me for the Virginia game."

Though Tech has an advantage, what are his thoughts on West Virginia?

"They are close to offering," he said. "Their coach told me last week they think I'm a great ball player, but I haven't heard back since. I think they are working on a visit. However, Virginia Tech is straight on my mind."

A few other schools including Pittsburgh, North Carolina, NC State and Appalachian State are also showing interest.

It's no surprise Asante isn't getting recruited as this season as a senior was his first significant action in high school.

"In ninth grade all my friends told me not to play, but I was fast and athletic, but I didn't," he said. "In tenth grade I came out late in the season and never played until the last game of the year. I won that game for us. Then, my junior year, our offensive coordinator didn't use me and so I never played. I only caught one ball the whole season.

"This year, we got a new offensive coordinator and he gave me a chance. He told me I'm an outstanding ball player and I now have over 1,000-yards receiving, 37 receptions and 14 touchdowns.

"I'm still working on getting quicker and being a great route runner. I want to be a great route runner, but I think right now my speed stands out."

One other thing is helping Asante breakout this season.

"That's got to be my chemistry with Marquise," he said. "The chemistry we have, we grew up together and I was his first friend when he moved here. We have just stuck together ever since and we bond like that.

"It's crazy on the field, Quise knows when I'm about to break my route and that helps a lot against teams."

Asante and Mallard Creek face Ardrey Kell on Friday in the playoffs.

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